The possibility of transplanting organs from animals to people it has been investigated since the 90s and now is when the first successes begin to be glimpsed
A team of American researchers has successfully transplanted two genetically modified pig kidneys into a human who was brain dead.
Those in charge of this xenotransplantation in the clinical trial phase are researchers at the Heersink School of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, U.S; the results are published this Thursday in an article in the “American Journal of Transplantation”.
The possibility of transplanting organs from animals to people It has been researched since the 90s and now is when the first successes begin to be glimpsed. Today’s is the third known xenotransplantation in recent months and the experiment was maintained for 74 hours.
BREAKING In a peer-reviewed study published today in the @amjtransplant, @UAB_TEAM surgeons at UAB Heersink have successfully transplanted 2 genetically modified pig kidneys into the body of a brain-dead human recipient
— UAB Heersink School of Medicine (@UABHeersink) January 20, 2022
It is the first time that the transplant of two pig kidneys has been disclosed in the abdomen of a human being and the first time the surgery is described in a scientific publication; According to those responsible, it is one more step towards “a future in which the supply of organs satisfies the tremendous need”.